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Jake Tapper Explains to Marco Rubio That He's the 'Candidate of Yesterday' on Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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GOP presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday and Tapper confronted him with the numbers on same-sex marriage.

Said Tapper: "You are casting yourself as a candidate of a new generation, but there is an issue where you are very out of step with younger voters...On that issue, same-sex marriage, Senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday."

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In related news:

"Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters on Tuesday that he has never supported a national constitutional amendment banning gay marriage despite his general opposition to such unions, preferring to leave the issue to the states. But a 2010 voter guide from a leading social conservative group (the Christian Coalition) indicates he supported such an amendment as recently as 2010 and a spokeswoman for the organization told msnbc they stand by their account."

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Marco Rubio Talks 'Religious Freedom' and Gay Marriage with NPR

GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  sat down with NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday and the topic of "religious freedom" bills and gay marriage came up.

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NPR's INSKEEP: Let me ask about a domestic issue. In recent weeks, the state of Indiana passed a Religious Freedom law, which was interpreted by many as discrimination, by others, as protection for people who don't want to take part in gay marriage. You defended the law and spoke about the hypothetical example of a florist who was asked to participate in a gay marriage and wanted to refuse. You said that person should have the right to follow their religious beliefs. Indiana, though, has since changed the law. Do you still support that concept?

SEN. RUBIO: Well, to be fair, I haven't read the change in detail to give you an opinion on it specifically, but I'll tell you where I stand. I don't believe you can discriminate against people. So I don't believe it's right for a florist to say, I'm not going to provide you flowers because you're gay. I think there's a difference between not providing services to a person because of their identity, who they are or who they love, and saying, I'm not going to participate in an event, a same-sex wedding, because that violates my religious beliefs. There's a distinction between those two things. So, certainly, you can't not — it's immoral and wrong to say, I'm not going to allow someone who's gay or lesbian to use my restaurant, stay in my hotel, or provide photography service to them because they're gay. The difference here is, we're not talking about discriminating against a person because of who they are, we're talking about someone who's saying — what I'm talking about, anyway, is someone who's saying, I just don't want to participate as a vendor for an event, a specific event that violates the tenets of my faith.

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Federal Appeals Court Halts Proceedings in Challenge to Puerto Rico Gay Marriage Ban Pending SCOTUS Ruling

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has put a case challenging Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage on hold pending the outcome of the upcoming Supreme Court hearing of four same-sex marriage cases set to take place at the end of April.

PuertoricoWrote the court:

Plaintiffs-appellants ask this court to schedule oral argument "as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than this Court's July/August 2015 sitting." In view of the cases pending before the Supreme Court, we think it is premature to set an oral argument date at this time. Within 14days of the Supreme Court's decision in the same-sex marriage cases, Obergefell v. Hodges, No.14-556, etc., the parties shall confer and propose a schedule for further proceedings.

Read the order here.


Cory Booker Delivers Searing Speech on Senate Floor Calling for Nationwide Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker delivered an emotional, impassioned speech on the Senate floor Monday night urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

Booker's speech took as its centerpiece the story of Jim Obergefell and the late John Arthur, the gay Ohio couple who in 2013 flew to Maryland to marry on the airport tarmac before Arthur's death from ALS because Ohio wouldn't allow their marriage. Obergefell is a plaintiff now in one of the cases that SCOTUS will be hearing on April 28.

Said Booker: "We cannot fail now. Love is on the line. Citizenship is on the line. We cannot deny the worth of one American without denying the worth dignity and strength of our nation as a whole."

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) followed Booker with an excellent speech of his own.

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Gay Couple Featured in Hillary Clinton Campaign Ad Speak Out on MSNBC: VIDEO

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Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad, the gay couple featured in Hillary Clinton's first campaign ad, appeared on MSNBC last night for an interview.

The couple talked about the country's growing acceptance of marriage equality.

"We're a normal couple that does normal everyday things," says Johnson.

The couple invited Clinton to their wedding but says they've received "no formal word yet" from the candidate.

They also react to reports that the video has been slapped with an 18+ age warning by Russia because of the fact that the couple appears holding hands in the video.

"We were incredibly disappointed to see that," says Johnson.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Anti-gay Christians Are The Only Group That It's 'Politically Correct to Abuse and Misuse' - VIDEO

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Speaking on the "Point of View" radio program with host Penna Dexter on Friday, Rep. Louie Gohemert spoke out against pro-LGBT Christians and said that those who oppose same-sex marriage are the "only group in America that it is politically correct to abuse and misuse."

Said Gohmert:

"You know some people say 'I believe the Bible and you're wrong about marriage being a man and a woman.' Well you can't really point to - you can believe what you want to - but if you read scripture Old and New Testament it's pretty clear. And Romans chapter 1 seems pretty clear to me...look where we are today, it is really Christians are the only group in America that it is politically correct to abuse and misuse."

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Previously, "Stephen Colbert Agrees With Louie Gohmert's Warnings About Gay Massages In The Military" [tlrd]

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